Daniel Pink has written a helpful book on the Right/Left Brains. He argues that in the new economy individuals will need to access both sides to assure working success. He does a great job in making his case and informing the general reader. If you have already in the area, this book may be too basic. If you are just starting out, it will attract your interest.
Readers might also look for Norman Doidge's "The Brain taht Changes Itself" for futher reading.
As a web designer and communications grad student, I loved the promise of Pink's assertion that those who are able to think creatively will thrive in the conceptual age. While it might be a bit overly optimistic, I think he's right on track with the millennial generation of students who feel empowered to not only express themselves, but to indeed change the world.
Imagine living in a world where people used their whole brain. According to Daniel Pink, that's just what's happening. Pink explains beautifully why and how our world is changing from the long-time belief that linier left-brain thinking is better, to valuing the creative, outside-of-box, right-brain thinkers. Pinks explains that left-brain MBA's are being replaced by computers and more cost effective out-sourcing. BFA's (bachelors of fine arts) are now in high demand. Creativity is not something easily replace by a computer or out-sourced. While linier thinking is and will always be important, companies are looking for solutions-thinkers, and that's whole-brain. Pink's book is a must read if you want to stay competitive in today's market.
Very inspirational and entertaining. Got me thinking to the extent that I now am planning a project that I have thought about for quite some time. By using my RIGHT brain it will definitely be a success.
I loved the book and heard it twice in two weeks.
Well done Mr Pink
a mastre piece in suggesting that what skills one will need to be successful in the future, and why right brain skill sets are critical for any job in the future, must read for any one.
The easy to digest narrative used by Daniel Pink
I read The Power of Habit before reading a Whole new mind, and even though they are connected both books are quite different.
No I have not
yes the 6 new principles of the High meaning High touch era
I will find out some of the books recommended by Daniel and read them
A Biology of Belief
his book is a wake up call for left-brainers. If you've been counting on your amazing logic your whole life it's time to learn to get your right brain up-to-speed!
Here is something about myself.
First of all, I must say that the audiobook is easy to listen to. It didn't require my full attention like other books where I feel lost whenever my mind wanders. It's a well-written book.
The first half is full of insights. I liked it; it gives you another perspective on our mind and why we are what we are. The author used many stories and examples to explain his position and to guide us through the various subjects covered in the book.
The second half however is a little bit disappointing. His analysis is way too much subjective compared to the first half and he gives too much reference material when he could have referred the listeners to a web page containing all those links and books he recommended.
A word on the second half content: I guess it's useful to study in art and see life with our right brain. Balance is the key. I feel that the author seems to forget that in the last chapters. I know plenty of people with advanced art degree but they're just stuck in life because of the way they see life.
I bought this book on a Bogo sale. I don't regret it, but I don't think it is worth a full credit. It was a good read, still.
As a right brainer, I was excited to learn about my bright future. It read like a research paper on why it will eventually become more important to be a creative as opposed to say, an accountant, since accounting can be outsourced and creativity cannot... Seems ironic to espouse creativity in such a dry, non-creative manner.
I'm too instinctual to appreciate this as a research topic. Steve Jobs said something like "Did anyone ask Alexander Graham Bell what were the research findings before he invented the telephone?"
If you are a creative type that's just who you are going to be.
The most interesting hypothesis is that functions that depend on one side of the brain can influence other functions that depend on that side of the brain. For example, the author says or strongly implies that because reading is done left to right in the West, and moving the eyes from left to right is a left brain function, people in the West are more left brain focused. And by doing things that work the right side of the brain, we can build our strength for other right brain functions. It is interesting to think that learning to catch, throw, or write with our non-dominant hand could change the way our brains work.
This was all paraphrased by me, but that is the gist of it.